DHS Rumors.....

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  1. lockedoutlogic

    lockedoutlogic DIS Veteran

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    Usually i agree with you...

    but a big fat NOPE on this one.

    While i do think they'll "flesh out" animal kingdom and do some additions to studios...i don't think you'll see that kind of monetary investment - certainly not in that timeframe.

    They have always been effective as "feeder" parks - particularly studios - so there is little money to be gained by changing that.

    Perhaps AK - because of unavoidable high overhead - needs more of a "full day" draw. I can see that being the goal (since it was from the first place and the weasel accountants pulled the plug for evil Mikey).

    but not studios.
    WDW wants more people in its parks - no question. But they currently don't have an issue fitting people - which means strategically more money at Downtown, EPCOT, and perhaps AK make more sense.
     
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  3. lockedoutlogic

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    Agree x 1000...

    That is a blasé 3 billion dollars of construction costs just passively being "guaranteed"...with as much gravity put to it as a feather on the moon.

    people should not be allowed to make posts written in crayon.
     
  4. lockedoutlogic

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    perhaps because its 110% complete Bibbi-babka?
     
  5. TowMater92

    TowMater92 Mouseketeer

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    I don't like the hat but I wouldn't mind it being moved outside the gates. Move it and put the security bag check under the hat. I like the idea of opening DHS back up the way it used to be.:thumbsup2
     
  6. skier_pete

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    Yeah, that big post from vadrwilntwrmickyears is a whole load of crap. There's no way they are putting that kind of money into the Studios to re-do the entire park. Not to say there can't be a blue-sky plan like that, there is NO WAY this is ever going to happen.

    Now, if he had said "Carsland replacing backlot/LMA, Star Wars adding restaurant/ride" OK fine, but re-theming the whole park? Monster Inc World? Oddity World? C'mon on. As they say..."I may have been born at night, but it wasn't last night."

    There are a lot of rumors swirling around. Disney KNOWS that Star Wars is the one park product that can possibily be seen as a bigger draw than Harry Potter. I have a hard time believing we will not see SOMETHING coming within the next 3 years. But not to this level.
     
  7. Max Rebo

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    Count me as a skeptic of the OP.

    But ...

    If the hat comes down (please!), I could see DHS doing some sort of Star Wars overlay to Grauman's Chinese Theater. Many folks may not realize that it was at this very theater (the actual one, in LA) that "Star Wars" premiered, back in 1977. Even if just for a short-term promotional period, it might be fun to deck out the theater as if it was that one night, some 35 years ago. Sunset and Hollywood boulevards have always been designed to emulate the "golden age" of Hollywood. The 1970s aren't part of that age, but there's no saying that parts of the park couldn't be themed to reflect other times in cinematic history.
     
  8. a11ie

    a11ie "I only hope that we Do Not lose sight of one thin

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    THAT sounds like a marvelous plan!
     
  9. Mac4life30

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    Im not sure how much truth their is to this rumor however I heard it from many sources

    The hat will never go away..perhaps it gets replaced but the Chinese Theater will be out of sight forever. Disney even goes as far as having the photo pass photographers make sure it does not come out in any picture they take. Reason Disney lost the rights to use the likeness of the theater...They decided not to tear it down however they cover it up. When was the last time they used the theater any of the marketing... Pins? Shirts? Vinylmation? Picture Frames? Nope you dont see it do you?
     
  10. ASteelersMidget

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    I've seen this many times and it is false. The facade of the Chinese theater is public domain. It has no rights.
     
  11. tjkraz

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    Perhaps. But lawyers have a way of turning nothing into something.

    The design of DHS' building clearly mirrors the original theater in Hollywood--right down to the footprints in cement. Perhaps Disney once paid some form of royalties to the owners of the theater for design assistance or other considerations, and later looked to discontinue those payments.

    It's interesting to note that old park maps specifically list "Chinese Theater" and "The Great Movie Ride" separately. Now only GMR is indicated.

    Generally speaking, most public buildings can be photographed freely without risk of copyright violation. However, the Picture Archive Council of America (a photography industry trade group) lists the Chinese Theater as a building which may cause problems due to trademark or other restrictions.

    If the hat weren't there, live and taped broadcasts would have the theater right behind the stage. Park guests and Photopass photogs would be snapping millions of pics each year with the theater prominently featured. I can only imagine how much Disney earns from the Photopass pics alone, and their potential exposure if the Chinese Theater owners successfully lobbied for a share of those dollars going back 20+ years.

    Whether the hat is the result of some Theater contract which was allowed to lapse or a "what if" fear on the part of Disney's legal team, I suspect it was the path of least resistance.
     
  12. dizneyfan23

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    From what I remember, disney placed the hat knowing that the studios wouldn't be called "MGM Studios" much longer. When it was MGM, Disney often uses the theatre on their MGM studios merchandise. Also, each of the 4 parks has an "icon" item at the center of its parks. Spaceship Earth, Tree of Life and The Cinderella Castle, then they had the Earful Tower for MGM, which is at the back of the property. You can't see it when walking into the park.

    So Disney killed two birds with one stone, the hat covered the main symbol of MGM Studios and now has an "icon" that matches the other parks.
     
  13. Reddog1134

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    You may be right but there's one problem that makes me think this is incorrect.

    They aren't taking photos of Graumann's Chinese Theater. They are taking pictures of a replica. On top of that, why would Disney be allowed to produce a replica of the theater but not be allowed to photograph it?
     
  14. skier_pete

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    The Whole "Can't take pictures of the theatre" is complete BS. The truth is, having a prominent marketing icon for the park (the earful tower was deem too far out of the way, especially as the backlot and studio space was removed) was more important than continuity. The "best" location for the icon was decided to be as the first thing you see when you walk in. That just happened to cover up the hat.

    If you don't believe me, believe Yesterland!

     
  15. Mac4life30

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    So my question is why is it no longer "pictured" anywhere? Not even in Pins or Vinlymation. The Theater has been removed from any type of advertising. If they still had the rights why not occasionally use it.
     
  16. CanadianGuy

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    Have you tried taking a decent picture of it recently? The BUH blocks all but weird side angles and ridiculous wide-angle shots with a lot of distortion.

    I think the real truth lies somewhere in between .. specifically they don't wanna use it as a marketing tool with the idea that eventually they might remove it or change the facade to something else entirely....

    But.. costs, budgets and economic downturns have meant that the whole thing languishes.

    For another example of this :

    See Downtown Disney and the sad remains of Pleasure Island and the still mostly empty buildings they cleared out for "exciting new entertainment, dining and shopping experiences for our guests" ... which have yet to hold ANY of those things.
     
  17. skier_pete

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    I can't say there might be a reason that they don't use it in marketing as far as using the image of the theatre, but to say the hat was put there to "hide" the building for legal reasons is just silly.
     
  18. Mac4life30

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    Is possibly not legal but there is something behind the reason.

    Here is something I found.

    The long-rumored reasoning for the Sorcerer's Hat being added (and staying as long as it has) is Disney had to block the Great Movie Ride's Chinese Theater facade from being perceived as the park icon as well as appearing in promotional material for the park. It's been speculated that Disney, for some reason, was restricted by the owners of the real life Chinese Theater building in Hollywood from using the building's likeness in promotional material so Disney had to block the view of the building from any and all promotional materials. If you pay attention to photos, video and art work that comes out of Disney these days, the Great Movie Ride facade is rarely shown.
     
  19. Max Rebo

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    I think you are correct. However, it's worth noting that in the Mobile Magic app I have on my iPhone, the icon for DHS is the Earful Tower, not the hat.
     
  20. tjkraz

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    With all due respect to Werner and Yesterland, what you quoted is really just his own bit of deductive reasoning without any first-hand knowledge.

    Assuming there was once some agreement to replicate and/or use the theater, Disney may have been looking to leverage specific terms of that agreement. For instance, the contract may state that Chinese Theater owners are compensated based upon the theater's positioning as "primary focal point upon entering the park."

    Or compensation may be tied to guest photos taken and/or sold by Disney. Perhaps the contract gives rights-holders 10% of all photo / PhotoPass revenues for images which included the theater. Block the theater....eliminate all surrounding PhotoPass presence...problem solved.

    Another possibility is that Disney was looking to avoid (or at least minimize) any future litigation from parties who would claim damages for use of the Theater design. Contracts are challenged all the time. Disney spent millions to defend its rights to the Pooh characters. WB is doing the same now to retain Superman.

    Build 'The Hat' and eliminate theater imagery from all merchandise & marketing materials. Suddenly there's no direct revenue stream generated by the Theater facade (no PhotoPass, no marketing use, etc.)

    That said, the prior comments about Disney execs wanting a more clear-cut icon for the park make perfect sense, too. In the end, I suspect all of these factors may have played some role. We may never know which factor was most critical, though.
     
  21. GoofyGraham

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    Maybe reinvent the Mickey ears water tower when backlot tour is dismantled? If it wouldn't look good where the Mickey hat currently is, maybe in front of the entrance or summink?

    Having said that, I'm no imagineer.... I spect they could come up with much betterer ideas than me. :worship:
     

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